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    World’s smallest sculptures on display in Niagara Falls, Ontario

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    One of the mainstays of Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario is currently presenting the world’s smallest sculptures.

    At Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum, the works of Willard Wigan can be viewed by visitors, but not with the naked eye. The incredibly small sculptures can only be seen with a microscope.

    ‘This is not a laughing matter’

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    Yesterday I posted about seeing Steve Santini, the escape artist, at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls. If you haven’t seen the video, you should check it out on YouTube

    I mentioned in my posting that there were lots of people with cameras. John Law, the write for the Niagara Falls review, was right in front of me. You can read his article on the Niagara Falls Review site:

    Steve Santini realizes he only has to be wrong once, and it’s game over.

    Life over, more likely. That’s the deal when your business card reads ‘Escape Artist.’

    At 13 he escaped from a pair of handcuffs while being held at a police station. The next year he didn’t need bail to get out of a jail cell. For the next 25 years, escaping things became his day job – torture racks, vaults, dungeons, even a coffin 30 feet underwater.

    The Toronto-born Santini has been a fixture on college and university campuses, and now has his own show on the Outdoor Life Network, Deals from the Dark Side. It follows Santini as he indulges in his favourite pastime – buying and authenticating dark and creepy relics.

    But he was up to his old tricks in Niagara Falls Tuesday.

    Steve Santini escapes from the Dagger Trap at Ripley’s Niagara Falls

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    Yesterday I posted a press release about escape artist Steve Santini appearing at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum on Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls. I was able to go down and see it. I got there just after 11 am (it was supposed to start at 11 am), and he had already done it! I was disappointed, but then he did it again. I was able to take a few pictures and a video.

    Here are the pictures:

    I also took a video of his escape. There were lots of people moving around with cameras, so it was hard to get a good shot. You can watch the video on YouTube, or view it below:

    First App from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is Tough to Swallow

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    I know this isn’t directly Niagara Falls-related, but there is a connection…

    You probably will remember that over the last few years the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum in Niagara Falls has hosted a sword swallower on International Sword Swallowers Day. I’ve seen Riley Schillaci and Vanessa Neil (click their names to see pictures and videos of their performances).

    Well, apparently now Ripley’s has released an app releated to sword swallowing:

    Sword swallowing. Yeah, there’s an app for that – thanks to Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

    Ripley’s allows users to sharpen their sword swallowing skills with new app for iPhone, iPod Touch

    Ripley’s first-ever app is called iSword, and was created for the iPhone and iPod Touch. It allows players to test the speed of their reactions in a sword swallowing game that unlocks iSword, a cutting-edge experience that utilizes the device’s camera for a truly unique, virtual-reality sword swallowing simulation.

    You can read the entire press release here…

    Fans shocked by sword swallower


    Note: I was in Niagara Falls on Saturday and had meant to be there (I’ve been there the last two years), but just didn’t make it.

    From the Welland Tribune:

    A large crowd of people gathered around Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! museum Saturday afternoon to watch — many with their hands covering their mouths, some half covering their eyes — as a Toronto woman swallowed a 24-inch stainless-steel sword.

    “It was incredible. I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said 20-year-old Krysta Cwynar, who was visiting from Buffalo. “I’ve seen pretty crazy things in my life, but nothing like that.

    “I was kind of scared that she was going to get hurt. That was a big sword. I’m just baffled right now.”

    Ripley’s in Niagara Falls to host World Sword Swallowing Day event

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    A Toronto sword swallower will be in Niagara later this month to celebrate the fifth annual World Sword Swallower’s Day.

    Vanessa Neil will offer a free show outside Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum on on Feb. 26 at precisely 2:26 p.m.

    That’s the same time 21 other sword swallowers will be “dropping swords” at Ripley Believe It or Not! Odditoriums worldwide in recognition of the annual event.

    I’ll be there again this year to take pictures/videos…

    Crazy Joe’s Adventures: Niagara Falls

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    Someone with a Blogger blog posted a brief comment about a visit to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum:

    On Sunday I was in Niagara Falls to visit Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium, Clifton Hill and also to see the falls. While at Ripley’s we touched touched the fertility statues which were on tour. In 9 months I will let you know if they worked.

    Cheap fertility treatment at Ripley’s?

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Typically, it’s the moms you hear warning their children “don’t touch.”

    At Ripley’s Believe it or Not, however, the dads are voicing that sentiment to their significant others.

    For some women, however, the temptation is just too strong.

    “The reason I want to touch it is because I know I shouldn’t,” said New Jersey resident Barb Conners after she and her family left the popular Clifton Hill museum.

    The object of Conners’ interest, and her husband’s fear, are two one-and-a-half metre tall wooden statues now on display inside Ripley’s.

    According to legend, anyone who touches the statues has a good chance of becoming pregnant.

    Ripley’s coupon on eBay?

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    Someone is trying to sell a free child admission or a 50% adult coupon on eBay for any of the 3 Ripley’s attractions. Bidding starts at a penny, and shipping is $2.99. They talk about a $7 savings, but after the $3 auction, I guess it would only be a $4 savings. The person with the auction seems to indicate they can provide as many of these as you need. I wonder if it is legit…

    New display at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum entrance


    The work in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum entrance seems to be almost done, and it looks good. This is a picture of a new display they have. Obviously you can’t tell from the picture, but both figures move. There is a man who appears to have 3 legs. In the cage is a very little person. Both of them are playing an instrument.

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